The power of positive thinking:
Romans 12: 2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
This might come as a shock to you when I say that there is no “power in positive thinking” – you can form a habit of thinking positively and consistently, which everyone should. There is power in the name of Jesus that transforms you with love, power and self-control (2 Timothy1:7). With the Holy Spirit guiding you, the scriptures of the bible will renew your mind to think correctly, not only positively. You can still live in fear even though you are a positive thinking person.
The power of Jesus’ blood and the power of the word of God will transform your spirit, mind and body. There is power in the faith of what God does through His instructions. There is power in faith as you believe in something that you cannot see or have, yet believe that it exists and that it will be manifest. The word of God is active, sharper than a two edge sword and that is where the power is when you allow the words of the bible to renew your thinking. As you meditate on the word of God and think positively, this is how you renew your thinking and how you discover the good, acceptable and perfect will of God for your own life. If all we needed to do was to think positively, then we are conforming (following) to the world. Romans 12: 2 says we need to be transformed (changed) by the renewing of our minds.
You complete me:
Colossians 2: 10 “And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all authority and power.”
No person on earth is capable of making you whole. You cannot complement your weaknesses with someone else you think is stronger. You are not a “half” of someone else. Jesus is the only One who can complete you and make you whole. Jesus gives you peace in the midst of a storm and takes away fear. Jesus understands weakness as He was flesh and blood and had to pray in times of weakness. He overcame His weakness by not giving in and faced the fear of death to overcome death by His sacrificed life and death. Jesus is the firstborn from death and our High Priest through His sacrifice.
You can complement someone only once you are made whole through Jesus Christ. There is no more male or female, Jew or Gentile – we are all one in Christ. When you live your life through Jesus, God sees you as an individual whole person, a temple for God to dwell in through the Holy Spirit.
My religion is Christianity:
Matthew 23: 13 – “Woe to you Pharisees, hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven against men. For you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who are entering to go in.”
Calling yourself a Christian just means that you believe in Jesus Christ. Living your life the way Jesus called you to live as a temple for God, is to worship God in spirit and truth. Religion is having a form of godliness, but denying the power of the death of Jesus on the cross. Living in a house with people does not make it a family. Without love and unity, the house and the people are just convenient and familiar. Until the people in the house love one another, communicate and live in unity, the house will never be a family home.
God does not want us to worship Him religiously as if we’re doing our chores. He needs us to worship Him lovingly and have a spiritual relationship with Him. Religions provides a set of rules for a spiritual lifestyle e.g. Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism to name a few. Jesus freed us from these rules and regulations of worship. God is love and calls us as a Father who loves us, and wants us to communicate with Him in a loving relationship.
The church is my place of worship:
1 Corinthians 3: 16 – “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”
We come together as the church (1 Corinthians 11: 18), not to the church. You are the temple of worship through Jesus and are a part of the body of Christ, not the building or the sect of Christianity. Worship does not only take place in a church building or gathering. Worship is about how you live your life and how you glorify God through your life.
The time you spend in His presence in your thoughts, the sacrifices you bring to Him through denying your flesh, is part of your worship to God. Jesus is the head of the church and we as individuals make up the body of the church. We come together as the body of Christ to bring our sacrifices of praise and to encourage one another. The building could be as beautiful as the Notre Dame or the local school hall. You don’t have to lose your faith in God if a church building which has stood for hundreds of years suddenly goes up in flames and is destroyed in minutes. The Holy Spirit of God lives inside and inhabits the praises of His people – not through a building.
I need to know my purpose in life:
Matthew 6: 21 – “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”
The gifts and talents God provided you with will make room for you to make a living. Whether you have extraordinary talents or not, you must worship God – whatever you have in your hand. The purpose of a temple is worship.
Romans 8: 28 “And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
If you are the temple of God, then you must worship God with your life and through your life – this is your purpose. God made you according to His purpose – you were bought with a price and a sacrifice was provided for you through Jesus’ death. Your body belongs to God. You are not your own.